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  • Voters reject tax hike for Jeffco schools

    Despite a concerted campaign by school supporters, Jeffco public schools’ ballot issues 3A and 3B went down to defeat on Nov. 4 in the final unofficial tally reported Wednesday.

    Ballot Issue 3A, a mill-levy increase, lost with 141,570 votes, or 49 percent, against, compared with 131,378 votes, or 45 percent, in favor.

    Ballot Issue 3B, a bond issue, lost with 136,957 votes, or 47 percent, against, compared with 127,741 votes, or 44 percent, in favor.  

  • Beautiful bargains, 'thrill of the hunt' draw hundreds to Jeffco Action Center sale

    Want to make some homemade soap? A kit was selling for $3. Need to expand your movie library? DVDs were going for a dollar each. Do a lot of your friends have birthdays in November? Greeting cards were 10 cents a pop.

    And those were just a few of the thousands of items for sale at the Jeffco Action Center's 64th Beautiful Junk Sale at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

  • Foothills' 2009 budget freezes salaries, trims maintenance

    The proposed 2009 budget for the financially strapped Foothills Park and Recreation District marks a "crossroads" for the district, according to executive director Ron Hopp.

    Cuts will be made in equipment maintenance, employee pay and building repairs, but Hopp says the district is only delaying the inevitable.

  • County projects spending boost, lagging revenue in 2009

    Jefferson County's projected 2009 budget calls for $395 million in spending, while projecting only $363 million in revenues.

    The budget,unveiled Oct. 14, could change by the time the final version is approved in December. The county commissioners will be meeting with elected officials, division heads and the public as they fine-tune the spending plan.

    The budget plans on spending $394.9 million in 2009, a 3.3 percent increase over 2008. To balance the budget, the county will have to use $32 million in past surpluses and cash from savings.

  • Jeffco elections office inundated with calls the first day of early voting

    The Jefferson County elections office was inundated with calls Oct. 20, Colorado's first day of early voting in the 2008 general election.

    "They're experiencing a large volume of calls, but since it's the first day of early voting, that's not unexpected," said Kathryn Heider, spokeswoman for Jefferson County.

    Heider said people can still call the elections office at 303-271-8111 or check www.votejeffco.com for information on voter registration or on early-voting locations.

    "We're trying to put up as much on the website as we can," Heider said.

  • Early voting under way

    Eight early-voting sites are now open in Jeffco for voters who want to cast ballots in person.

    Unlike voting on Election Day, when voters must visit an assigned neighborhood precinct, early voting allows any Jefferson County to visit any early-voting site.

    Early voting ends Friday, Oct. 31. Ballots can be turned in at the following locations from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday:

    • Jefferson County Administrative & Courts Facility, 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden

    • South Jeffco Motor Vehicle, 6004 S. Kipling Street No. A

  • Jeffco schools OK later start date in 2009-10

    Jeffco Public Schools has changed its calendar for the 2009-10 school year, with a later start date than students had this school year.

    The new start date for all students will be Aug. 24 after many Jeffco parents voiced concern that this year’s calendar start date on Aug. 12 was too early. The district asked both staff and parents to respond to an online calendar survey, and based on the responses, the district has amended the 2009-10 school calendar.

  • Bane claims illegal immigrant delivered McCasky campaign fliers

    An illegal immigrant from Mexico was hired to distribute campaign literature for Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey and Commissioner Kevin McCasky, according to McCasky’s Democratic challenger.

  • Hopp, Foothills taking heat for data breach

    Foothills Park and Recreation District is taking its lumps in the South Jeffco community after the data theft of more than 12,200 credit card numbers and addresses.

    The theft occurred in the last week of September, and the district announced the security breach Oct. 1. It e-mailed notifications to more than 10,800 of the customers whose information was stolen and sent letters to the rest. But for some, the letter wasn't enough.

  • McCasky, Mink eye federal program to make deputies part of immigrations enforcement

    Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky and Sheriff Ted Mink are eyeing a federal program that would train sheriff’s deputies at the jail to identify illegal immigrants and begin paperwork to put them before an immigration judge.

    Currently deputies have to call federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents if they suspect someone in the jail is in the country illegally. ICE officials are strapped for resources and can't always pickup the suspected illegal immigrant, so they sometimes bond out of jail and aren't seen again.